Du Paquier vases, 1725
The artists at Du Paquier were inspired by a wide variety of sources. It is clear from many formal and decorative parallels that the manufactory had access to both Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Du Paquier, however, seldom copied Asian models directly, preferring instead to adapt and “improve” forms and decoration to suit European taste. Here, the Du Paquier artist was inspired by a Chinese porcelain dragon encircling a vase but imbued the dragon with a European character.